What Causes Central Sleep Apnea?

Central sleep apnea is when the person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep because the brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Central sleep apnea usually occurs in adults with other medical problems. In infants, it usually occurs with prematurity or other congenital disorders.

The most common cause of central sleep apnea is heart failure and, less commonly, a stroke.

Conditions that may be associated with central sleep apnea include: